The leading orthopedic specialists at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) treat a wide range of conditions of the neck and upper spine. Our team is dedicated to working quickly to diagnose and treat neck conditions and return patients to their full mobility and quality of life. We offer the latest and most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment methods for traumatic and degenerative conditions of the neck. Including illness of the bone, joint, muscle, and ligament. Specializing in treatment of conditions that cause nerve and spinal cord compression.

Our expert physicians thrive in a collaborative environment of specialists, nurses, medical staff and rehabilitation teams who provide comprehensive care to each patient from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. We focus on developing individualized treatment plans to serve the needs of each patient’s unique neck or upper spine condition.

Proven Success in Orthopedic Treatment

At TMCA, our team of orthopedic surgeons and specialists has years of experience in the proven, evidence-based methods that get results for our patients. Our patients have excellent surgical outcomes and are returned to their healthy and active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

At TMCA, we work from newly renovated, state-of-the-art ORs and with leading-edge orthopedic surgery technology. These advancements have contributed to making us #1 in outpatient satisfaction scores among Denver HealthONE hospitals.

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If you’d like more information about orthopedic treatment for neck injuries and conditions at TMCA, or to schedule an appointment, please call 303-873-0630.

Neck Conditions We Treat

Conditions In Depth

Arthritis of the neck

The term arthritis literally means joint inflammation, but it also is used to refer to a variety of orthopedic diseases and conditions that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in joints. Arthritis of the neck is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis, which is common among adults age 50 and older.

At TMCA, our orthopedic surgeons work closely with a team of specialists to diagnose and treat arthritis of the neck. Our imaging technology, including MRI and x-ray scans, can be paired with physical examinations to confirm an arthritis diagnosis. Our team strives to understand each patient’s unique arthritis progression and develop a custom treatment plan, which can include changes in lifestyle and preventative measures, over-the-counter and prescriptions medicine, and in rare cases, surgical treatment methods to repair arthritis of the neck, relieve pain and reduce discomfort. Learn more here.

Cervical Spine Deformities

The cervical spine deformities we treat at TMCA include abnormal curves or angulation in the neck, degenerative facet or disc disease, sagittal imbalances including kyphosis, flatback syndrome, and chin-on-chest syndrome. At TMCA, our orthopedic specialists typically start with non-operative treatments including pain medications, physical therapy and back or neck braces. We consider surgery if the patient’s spinal deformity is progressing or the patient experiences severe pain that impacts their daily life and is not relieved by non-operative treatment options.

Chronic neck pain

Chronic neck pain is typically defined as pain in the neck, ranging from mild to severe, that lasts more than 3 months.

Some strategies for treating chronic neck pain include activity and exercise, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroid injection to treat the pain and reduce inflammation. Other treatments than can be helpful for neck pain include massage, electrotherapy treatments, chiropractic care and acupuncture. For patients with chronic neck pain that doesn’t respond to medical treatment options, surgical treatment may be required. Learn more here.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is an orthopedic spine condition of the small, circular discs between the vertebral bones in the spinal column. Symptoms of a herniated disc include pain and discomfort in the neck and back, along with possible numbness or tingling in the back and legs.

The team of orthopedic surgeons at TMCA treats herniated discs with a variety of treatment options designed to relieve pain and return you to your active lifestyle. These treatment options can include back and neck massage, exercises to relieve stress on the affected area, hot or cold therapy and chiropractic care. Our physicians may also prescribe over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers or muscle relaxants.

For patients who don’t respond to medical treatment strategies, minimally invasive interventional spine care or spine surgery may be necessary. Common spine surgeries for herniated disc include laminectomy, microdiscectomy and spinal fusion. Learn more here.

Neck fracture

Neck fractures are serious injuries that can lead to paralysis or death. Call for emergency medical services right away.

A neck fracture is a break in one or more of the 7 cervical bones. The vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine. The cervical vertebrae in the neck protect the spinal cord, support the neck, and allow for movement. A neck fracture is caused by severe trauma to the neck, include falls, car or motorcycle collisions and more.

When there is a possibility of a neck fracture, immediate and complete immobilization of the head and neck area is necessary. Avoid excessive movement to prevent or minimize spinal cord injury.

Once you are stabilized and assessed, your course of treatment will depend on the severity of the fracture, which of the cervical bones are broken and whether there is temporary or permanent spinal cord or nerve injury.

Treatment options for neck fracture include a neck brace or collar for minor fractures, rigid braces or a halo vest for more severe or unstable fractures, or surgery to reconnect bone pieces and hold them in place, sometimes with plates, screws or wires. Surgery may also be needed to repair vertebrae, relieve pressure on the spinal cord, or remove any damaged vertebral discs.

Overall recovery time depends on whether or not you have any permanent injuries. Physical therapy and rehabilitation can last for months or years. Learn more here.

Neck sprain

A neck sprain is stretching or tearing of the ligaments of the neck, which help stabilize the neck joint. A sprain is caused by a force that makes a ligament stretch farther than it should. The force is usually the result of an accident or trauma.

Neck sprain may cause neck pain that gets worse with movement, shoulder pain, tingling sensations or weakness in the arms, headache, stiffness and difficulty moving the head in one or more directions.

The teams at TMCA works to develop a unique treatment plan according to each patient’s specific needs. Strict bed rest is rarely necessary, while hot and cold therapy, over-the-counter and prescription pain medications, and muscle relaxers can help. Patients with neck sprain may also benefit from cervical traction devices, including halo vests, and physical therapy to stretch the muscle and relieve pain. Learn more here.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a soft tissue neck injury that can include spraining the neck ligaments, straining the neck muscles, injury to cervical discs and possible nerve injury.

Treatment methods for relieving the discomfort of whiplash can include over-the-counter and prescription medications to reduce pain, movement and exercise to reduce stiffness, physical therapy and join manipulation of the spine by a chiropractor or other trained provider. Learn more here.